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G. Pascal Zachary is a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal when he finds love in, of all places, the zoo in Accra, Ghana. That is where he meets Chizo Okon, the surrogate mother for an orphaned chimpanzee. In Married to Africa, Zachary tells their warm and humorous story, which is as much about the marriage of two cultures as it is about the marriage of two people.

Chizo introduces Zachary to an Africa usually overlooked by visitors. He learns about the spiritual fervor of ordinary Africans, the mysterious power of juju and the rewards of eating bushmeat and other African dishes. He learns how to haggle effectively, pick a reliable taxi driver, live on "Africa time" and adapt to being a white minority in a black society. Chizo, meanwhile, deftly adapts to living with her obruni, the local nickname for a white person. As their romance deepens, the couple learns how differently things can appear to them. While Zachary indulges a passion for traditional African art, Chizo worries about the possible evil spirits harbored in his wooden statues.

When the two move to San Francisco, Chizo must learn to navigate a new world. The result is a different kind of immigrant story, powered by a series of wacky, wonderful and unforgettable tales — such as Chizo taking a machete to Zachary's ex-wife's garden (not out of malice, of course), driving enthusiastically without a license, charming her hard-boiled Jewish mother-in-law and managing requests from poor relatives in Africa. The arrival of Chizo's teenage daughter marks the end of the beginning and the start of a new saga in this uniquely American love story.

Married to Africa is a tender and charming account of a marriage and a fascinating look at how two people come to know each other across culture and race.

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"In 2001, Zachary traveled to Africa to write a novel, but instead he became besotted with a woman and a continent. In his book, Zachary (The Diversity Advantage), a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, chronicles his six-year affair with Chizo, a Nigerian woman he met in Accra, Ghana, whom he eventually married. Each of the seven sections is set in the various locations where their romance blossomed — including Northern California, Grand Basdaam in the Ivory Coast, Accra and New York. His love story is sincere, though his descriptions often verge on the saccharine: 'Turning her head, her eyes meet mine and our lips come together'; 'She moved according to the rhythms of her place. She felt comfortable in her skin. She was beautiful, daring, powerful and upsetting. She robbed me of my routine.' There are intriguing passages, however, as when Zachary depicts life in West Africa, relates the stresses of navigating immigration or calms his anxious Jewish parents." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Table of Contents

PART ONE

Lake Tahoe, San Luis Obispo, Berkeley, Portland: 2003-2004

1. Winter Loves Her

2. Crazy for Crabs

3. Cracking the Code

4. Chukwu

PART TWO

Accra: July 2001

5. Zoo Stories

6. Bushmeat

PART THREE

Grand Basaam and Cape Coast: December 2001

7. The Little Red Blolo

8. Midnight Mass

9. Use It for Laughter

PART FOUR

Port Harcourt and Accra: September 2002 and September 2003

10. Guess Who? (1)

11. Guess Who? (2)

PART FIVE

Berkeley: 2005-2006

12. Hotel Africa

13. Barbecuing My Big Nkisi

PART SIX

Delray Beach and Berkeley: 2006

14. Jew Meets Juju

15. The Queen of Shuffleboard

16. On the Road

PART SEVEN

New York City: January 2007

17. The Pursuit of Happiness

18. Avenue H

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Denise Morland, January 1, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
The story begins when G. Pascal Zachary walks into a zoo in Africa and falls head-over-heels for Chizo, a petite African woman who is caring for an orphaned chimpanzee. Little does he know what a wild ride he is in for! Chizo introduces him to an Africa that few outsiders get to see with romantic bush meat dinners on the beach, how to survive a mugging, and how to neutralize the evil sprits ensconced in his favorite African art.
The story gets even wilder when this mild mannered and gentle white man takes the fiery and opinionated black women to America! Chizo teaches him how to deftly handle his Jewish mother and how to drive American roads with style. Along the way she learns to trust and believe in him. This is the story of a remarkable marriage! These two people could not be more different yet through trust, love and understanding they are able to build an extraordinary life together. Though the book sometimes felt crazy and out of control I appreciated the lesson here in their willingness to accept each other as they are.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534631
Author:
Zachary, G Pascal
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Zachary, G. Pascal
Author:
Zachary, Gregg
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Nigerian Americans.
Subject:
Intercountry marriage - United States
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 2001, Zachary traveled to Africa to write a novel, but instead he became besotted with a woman and a continent. In his book, Zachary (The Diversity Advantage), a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, chronicles his six-year affair with Chizo, a Nigerian woman he met in Accra, Ghana, whom he eventually married. Each of the seven sections is set in the various locations where their romance blossomed — including Northern California, Grand Basdaam in the Ivory Coast, Accra and New York. His love story is sincere, though his descriptions often verge on the saccharine: 'Turning her head, her eyes meet mine and our lips come together'; 'She moved according to the rhythms of her place. She felt comfortable in her skin. She was beautiful, daring, powerful and upsetting. She robbed me of my routine.' There are intriguing passages, however, as when Zachary depicts life in West Africa, relates the stresses of navigating immigration or calms his anxious Jewish parents." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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